May 2007


I won a contest as part of the dishcloth swap and the goodies arrived today! There’s a fancy chocolate bar, two skeins of blue Cotton Classic, one light, one dark, a spiral bound tablet with a striped retro design and a cute little crocheted sweater key chain. Thanks to the swap coordinators, Anne, Devon, and Chan for making this swap so fun with all the surprises!

The swap is divided into three groups, each with a leader they can turn to for questions and suggestions. Each group is having individual contests for prizes. For our contest, group leader Chan asked us: “So, what gives you hope? How do you recharge and get energized when you’re feeling drained? And what is your favorite summer adventure, whether it’s a memory or an item on your agenda for this year or both?”

What gives you hope? I find this question rather ambiguous. What gives me hope constantly? When I feel down? Further, hope for what, exactly? I’ll just answer in the sense that the question means, “How do you cheer yourself up?” I talk to my family and friends if I need some cheering up. They are good, fun people. That, or I just go into my dorky, self-entertaining mode. I’m hoping a description isn’t necessary here.

How do you recharge and get energized when you’re feeling drained? Power tie? Red bull? No, seriously. I just take a bubble bath or drink some decaffeinated tea. I don’t feel drained very often and when I do I don’t want to get energized, but relax.

And what is your favorite summer adventure, whether it’s a memory or an item on your agenda for this year or both? Music, hiking, camping, barbecues…all the usual outdoor fun!

I finished the dishcloth for my secret pal and have started another using the Flower Power pattern by Whimical Knitting Designs. Each petal is knit separately, then joined in the round for the center. I’m using bright pink Sugar n’ Cream yarn and so far have two of the five petals knit. I’ll get a photo of the cloths together once this one is done.

I also made some stitch markers for a different swap last Thursday, the 10th. I lost one of my double point needles and another knitter offered to send me an extra of hers. In exchange, I used blue and white beads and wire to make her some stitch markers.

stitch markers

I’m working on a dishcloth in white and shades of pink, using the Darrell Waltrip pattern. You are most likely lost at this point, so I will explain. ;) The stitch is called “Double Woven” and the designer used those initials to name the pattern after her favorite NASCAR driver. Do a search and you’ll find a lot of pretty dishcloths named for this man. (who I know nothing about by the way, I just liked the pattern) Wonder how he feels about having dishcloths named after him? LOL I would bet he is at least a little amused.

I finished the Mary Jane hat today! Yay! I like it a lot. I would recommend the pattern, it’s pretty easy to knit, but make sure to thread a lifeline every few rows, in case you drop a stitch. I dropped stitches several times, and in this slippery yarn it was a good thing the lifeline was there because they can fall fast.

Mary jane hat

Mary Jane’s hat back view

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